'Average' farms face $250k deficit

DairyNZ CEO Dr Tim Mackle advises farmers to manage their finances judiciously.

DairyNZ is warning farmers to carefully manage their spending with a looming season deficit of up to $250,000 for an average property.

Confident in farm values dented

040211 farm photo: supplied/Helen Denize.
Prime lambs picked up prime prices at on farm sales in the Springfield district (today). The top price was $141.00 for lambs from Corolyn Station. Next best was Annavale Station with $131 for its best stock on sale with an average overall of $100.22. All up around 20,000 livestock went under the hammer with a succession of six properties between Springfield and Castle Hill presenting their stock on farm.
 PGG Wrighton's legendary auctioneer Fred Fowler is in full flight on the day.

Buyers who had bought dairy farms in the last few years based on high milk prices "should be a bit worried" say Quotable Value.

TPP deal 'inadequate' for dairy

Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser at the TPP talks.

NZ agricultural trade reps say US stands to be biggest dairy industry winner in short term from TPP deal.

Lots of people are worse off

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Farm values tipped to fall

ANZ economist Con Williams.

Fed Farmers disagrees with prediction that farm values may fall towards the end of 2015.

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Managing the euro risk

Greeks have narrowly averted being thrown out of the Eurozone and the euro will remain the currency in most of Europe - for now at least.

OPINION: As a business owner with a few clients and some suppliers in Europe, I am feeling nervous about the Eurozone crisis and the uncertainty that it's stirring.

Collaboration behind success

Farmers have worked hard at improving their environmental impact, and plenty of others have chipped in to help. But there's still a way to go.

Better business in downcycles

Government should reconsider decision to allow raw milk sales

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

Key's telephone diplomacy for TPP

John Key is personally lobbying world leaders to give ground on dairy tariffs in the final days of trade talks.

Ag First Agricultural consultant Phil Journeaux says the regions will feel the impact of a predicted fall in payout when Fonterra reviews its forecast on August 7.

Waikato region facing $1 billion loss under a $4 payout

AgFirst's annual financial survey has a grim outlook for the Waikato.

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Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

You can only control employment

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

Sheep

Woolly thinking could win $80k

Wairarapa designer Emma Warren's "Bound by 8" glueless woollen shoes, built around wool's inherent felting properties, have scored her a spot in the finals of the international Dyson design awards.

She grew up on a Wairarapa sheep farm, now she's rebooting fashionable shoes.

Dog impaled on branch gives birth

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

cropping

Long term approach yields results

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

Young fruit grower of the year named

A Waimea fruit grower has taken out the title of Nelson Young Fruit Grower 2015.

Hemp seed food sales remain on the horizon following discussions between New Zealand and Australian food safety ministers in January.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

agribusiness

Auction dents confidence in farm values

The trend of converting pastoral farms to dairy may be reversed if milk prices continue to dip.

Buyers who had bought dairy farms in the last few years based on high milk prices "should be a bit worried" say Quotable Value.

TPP deal inadequate for NZ dairy at the moment

NZ agricultural trade reps say the US stands to be the biggest dairy industry winner in the short term from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

DairyNZ CEO Dr Tim Mackle advises farmers to manage their finances judiciously.

'Average' farms face $250k deficit

DairyNZ is warning farmers to carefully manage their spending with a looming season deficit of up to $250,000 for an average property.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

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Farmers warm to All Blacks rugby legend

Sir John Kirwan told farmers to look after each other during difficult times.

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